February 22, 2020

U.S.D.A. Proposal- More International Feed Back

I. U.S.D.A. Proposal- More International Feed Back
II. U.S.D.A. Continues to “Report Back” to Producers
III. Budget Issues

I. U.S.D.A. Proposal- More International Feed Back

Geoff Elliott, writing in today’s edition of The Australian, reported that, “Collin Peterson unwraps his burger. ‘Do you mind? It’s the only chance I’ve got to have lunch.’ It’s after 3pm and Peterson, 62, is in his office in the US Congress and while he’s clearly busy it doesn’t suit a man who prefers the pace of rural life in western Minnesota. His broad frame, weather-lined face and a voice slow and resonating belies that.”

Secretary Johanns discussing the Bush administration’s 2007 Farm Bill proposal yesterday at the Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Nashville (Photo by Chuck Zimmerman of

Mr. Elliott continued, noting that, “But the Democrats’ electoral success in November ensured the party took back both houses at the start of this year and Peterson’s position as one of his party’s leading policy advocates on agriculture has allowed him to take the reins of the House of Representatives agricultural committee as chairman.

“And for Australian farmers that’s bad news. This is not a bloke who speaks the language of trade liberalisation and farm subsidy cuts – he says the US is tired of leading the globalisation push and he wants to protect American farmers from unfair competition.”